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Public Administration

Are you a busy, public professional?  Interested in improving your leadership abilities? Looking to better understand human resources, budgets, and finance? Improve your performance and career opportunities with a Master's in Public Administration!

Why a Master's in Public Administration? A degree or classes in public administration develops the skills and techniques required by public leaders and managers. The Master's of Public Administration degree at UAS is perfect for working professionals that seek training to improve their work performance and advance in their career. E-Learning classes are offered online in the evening to better fit the working student's schedule.


Students with their Master of Public Administration degree work in varied public sector departments and fields.  You’ll find our graduates working across Alaska as school principals, state troopers, public radio program directors, city managers, and executive directors.

Want to learn more? Check out our programs and classes below, request more information, or even apply for admission today!

Public Administration Program Sheet



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Master's of Public Administration

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours36
Major Requirements27
Concentration Requirements9

Major Requirements

PADMS601Introduction to Public Administration3
PADMS604Research Methods in Administration3
PADMS610Organization Theory and Behavior3
PADMS618Law for Public Managers3
PADMS625Economics and Public Policy3
PADMS628Public Financial Management3
PADMS624Human Resources Administration3
PADMS688Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement3
PADMS690Public Administration Capstone*3
______Advisor-approved electives9

Master of Public Administration Concentrations

M.P.A. students have the option to use their electives to establish a concentration in Natural Resource Policy or Rural Development.

Concentration in Natural Resource Policy

The Natural Resource Policy concentration addresses the need and strong demand for professional management training in Alaskan natural resources and environmental management issues. Alaska with it abundance of natural resources and concomitant management issues are uniquely Alaskan as addressed in the State Constitution need unique management solutions which this concentration provides. This program also supports and builds upon UAS’s strong undergraduate natural science and in particular the Environmental Studies program.

Select three from the following (9 credits):

PADMS635Natural Resource Policy3
PADMS637Local and Global Sustainability3
PADMS638Sustainable Energy and Environment3
PADMS639Adaptive Management3
___S___Advisor-approved course3

Concentration in Rural Development

The Rural Development concentration has a special focus on needs of indigenous and other rural communities, including management of tribal governments, community organizations, and indigenous-controlled profit and non-profit corporations. Coursework for this concentration is offered by e-Learning technologies through the Rural Development program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

RDF601Political Economy of the Circumpolar North3
RDF651Management Strategies for Rural Development3
______Advisor-approved course*3
* To be selected in consultation with the UAF Rural Development Advisor and M.P.A. Program Director.

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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PADM Classes: Spring - 2016


Introduction to the field of public administration, dealing with the scope, nature, history, current context, and basic tools in the study of public administration. Topics include the social, economic, and political environments of public administration, bureaucratic politics, power and authority, law, ethics, basic models, and comparative administration. This gateway course for the MPA program provides an introduction to graduate studies, library research skills, and a focus on written and oral communication skills.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36108JD1Aaron Smith-Walter
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required in order to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Legal guidelines for adoption, implementation, and adjudication of public agency regulations at federal, state, and local levels. Legislative, executive, and judicial controls on agencies, and the political environment of regulatory action.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36109JD1Peggy Weaver
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
39419JD2Peggy Weaver
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Survey of human resource management issues in the public sector, including recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, training and development, discipline and dispute resolution, collective bargaining, performance evaluation, and risk management. Addresses law and practice of current issues such as affirmative action, discrimination, sexual harassment, disabilities, family medical leave, and pay equity.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36110JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required in order to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36111JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required in order to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Survey of theory, practice, problems and politics of financial management in governmental units, revenue sources, budgetary planning and control, methods of debt financing, and intergovernmental relationships. Addresses federal, state, and local perspectives.

Prerequisite: PADM 625.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36112JD1Aaron Smith-Walter
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36113JD2Aaron Smith-Walter
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Fundamentals and framework for sustainability decision making related to institutional and natural resource and management issues. Using an integrated approach, the nexus of environmental, economic, social and public policy and technology will be examined using sustainability concepts and resilience theory and practice. Readings, case studies and class discussion will focus on effective sustainability management and practice. Case studies of community, national and international scale will be used to illustrate concepts drawn from Alaska, Canada, the U.S., Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia.

Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing, or admission to the MPA program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
37410JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required in order to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Examination of selected topics pertinent to public administration. Course may be repeated, provided course content differs.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36117JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free. From a land use and systems perspective this course examines community planning and decision making processes in response to rapidly changing social-ecological systems. Case studies from Alaskan communities and other selected Northern Cities will be used to examine supporting systems such as transportation, energy, food production and subsistence, solid waste, water, and local economies.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Examination of selected topics pertinent to public administration. Course may be repeated, provided course content differs.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36116JD1Cathy Lecompte
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbook at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free. Today’s complex higher education environment requires that our institutions are as efficient and effective as possible and the people who work within the organizations are equipped to manage an increased level of change occurring on a daily basis. Organizational development is a conscious, planned process of developing an organization’s capabilities so that it can attain and sustain an optimum level of performance as measured by efficiency, effectiveness and health. In this course students will apply organizational theory to analyze higher education institutions and study models, methods and processes related to organizational development, all within a framework of change management and leadership.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces students to the theories, concepts, and analytical tools used in the evaluation of public programs and policies. Examines conceptualization and practicality of measures that accurately evaluate performance. Explores the dynamics of evaluating program process and structure in a political environment.

Prerequisite: PADM S604

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36118JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required in order to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36119JD2Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required in order to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Final course in the MPA curriculum. Students review, synthesize and apply concepts and methods learned during the degree program to the evaluation of a public or nonprofit organization. Intended as a program review and assessment tool.

Prerequisite: Completion of all other MPA requirements.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
36120JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
1/11 - 4/30

Section requirement: Department approval required. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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